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Recent News

Report Hails Tucson's Excellence in Food Diversity, Access

December 12, 2017

<p>A new report on the state of Tucson’s food system, produced by the UA Center for Regional Food Studies, shows that Tucson is one of the top U.S. cities in its high diversity of edible plants affordably accessed, grown and eaten as a means to reduce food insecurity.The new director of the Center for Regional Food Studies Megan Carney says, "Biodiversity is a matter of social justice. Without concerted efforts to preserve and cultivate biodiversity, our food system will be monopolized by private interests. At stake here is not only the health and resilience of our ecosystem, but that of our own population as well."</p>

Four Questions: How Ecologists Transform Research Into Change

November 30, 2017

<p>Inspired by the impact of biomedical research on clinical outcomes, ecologists are strengthening ties with stakeholders to inform environmental management and policy decisions. The directors of the Southwest Climate Science Center — Stephen Jackson, research professor in the University of Arizona's School of Natural Resources and the Environment and a U.S. Geological Survey scientist; Carolyn Enquist, assistant professor in SNRE and a USGS scientist; and UA climate scientist Gregg Garfin — are conveners and lead authors of the special issue of Frontiers in Ecology and Environment.</p>

Rio Grande-Bravo Outlook November 2017

November 28, 2017

<p>Forecasts favor above-average temperatures and below-average precipitation for the Rio Grande/Bravo Basin through February, due to weak La Niña conditions in the tropical Pacific</p>

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Groundwater Recharge and Climate Change in the West

November 16, 2017

Groundwater recharge in the Western U.S. will change as the climate warms — the dry southern regions will have less and the northern regions will have more, a University of Arizona-led research team reports. The new study covers the entire U.S. West, from the High Plains states to the Pacific coast, and provides the first detailed look at how groundwater recharge may change as the climate changes, said senior author Thomas Meixner, UA professor and associate department head of hydrology and atmospheric sciences.

Southwest Climate Outlook November 2017

November 15, 2017

<p>October precipitation was below average to record driest in Arizona, with the driest conditions occurring in the southwestern corner of the state, and temperatures were above average to much-above average. However, the current forecast also suggests this will remain a weak La Niña event, for which correlations to below-average winter precipitation in the Southwest are not as evident.</p>